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is double sided mounting tape good enough for holding the chip in place?
As to the baldes - doesn't really matter what you use as long as it does not melt or burn - and is shapped so that it will fit next to the chip close ebough to hide the other chip legs.
Double sided tape is ok for the Messiah2 etc. The Apple Pro comes with it's own already attached. Don't know about the DMS3
just for perspective ...
just for perspective ... –
I have done about 100 PS1 mods and roughly 50 PS2 mods.
I started soldering about 22 years ago and just want to give my opinion to help you out.
The DVD controller points are rediculously close together. If you get used to soldering and making good joints, not cold solders etc... you will be ready for modding a PS1/PSX but it is totally different when you get to PS2's.
most of the points are reasonably easy but your JAP vers 15000, if I remember correctly has the power supply and motherboard soldered together like an release day V1 I did it is a pain in the butt just to get the PS2 apart.
You could get a V5, 6, 7 and try it yourself if you want to have the satisfaction of knowing you did the work yourself. But if you look at almost any modchip site they don't even install on V1,2,3 or some places charge an additional $20-$40 USD.
Also, if you do get it done without any problems you will still have that tired laser trying to read your backups. When I install any chip in V1,2,3 I usually spend 30 mins or so adjusting the laser to get optimal reading of DVD-r/CD-r's.
The newer consoles ( ie. V7 ) are MUCH easier to mod and also have a nice new laser that needs no adjusting.
I am not saying any of this to disrespect you or your skills, but I am speaking from my experience and hoping to save you from any headaches/heartaches of a botched mod attempt.
I have searched Google for " soldering tips " and reviewed a couple links for you and this looks like the best/ most complete site with tips and instructions for beginners.
My 2 BEST tips...
1. TAKE YOUR TIME !!!! But don't heat any parts for more than 1 second or you may be looking for replacement Surface mount components that come off the board.
2. get a good magnifying glass ( preferably lighted and on an adjustable arm )
I wish you the best of luck,
PS. Here is a pic of an early mod I did on a V1 these are the points that suck! The white stuff you see is White-out ( liquid correction fluid ) I read it would keep the solder from sticking to other legs but gave up on that and just cleaned that stuff off and finished it carefully. Also, there is a buttload of hot glue on the wires in the pic because once i got them on I didn't want anything to happen to make me have to reattach them.
A US penny is there for size reference. It is approximately 1.4 mm thick.
( please hold all flaming comments about my hot glue mess ... I know it looks crappy but it worked great and I wasn't entering a PRETTY MODDING contest HeHeHe !! )
good advice - I don't want to even think of how many PSX stations I have done! put it this way, around Christmas 2000 I did over 24 in one week.
Not as many PS2's but the number is steadily climbing.
So far never had a customer return a station due to a bad install.
But must say although I don't charge more for V3's and I do still do them.... I hate the buggers with a vengence!!!!